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Gosia Koscielak

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Eco - social Sculptures Video/projections/digital Photography/laser Drawings on Glass, Chicago Arts District, Open House, Chicago, 2005 © Gosia Koscielak
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HYDROFILIA Projection (lake Michigan Laser Drawing) on the Facade of the Chapel Gallery, Part of the Hydrofilia Project, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, Poland, 2004 © Gosia Koscielak
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HYDROFILIA, 2005 Photography © Gosia Koscielak
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HYDROFILIA, 2004 Multimedia Installation © Gosia Koscielak
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IN BETWEEN, 1989 Mixed Media on Canvas 48" X 48" © Gosia Koscielak
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Eco - Social Sculptures, 2005 Salt, Laser and Video Projections © Gosia Koscielak
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Balance, 1989 Mixed Media © Gosia Koscielak
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Gaps in Memory, 1994 Mixed Media on Wood, Video © Gosia Koscielak
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Gate of Light for King Minos, Krete Island, Greece Cretian Stone, Water, Mirrors © Gosia Koscielak
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digital Creek, 2001 Mixed Media, Video © Gosia Koscielak
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from the series of Virtual Unism, 1989 - 2008 Mixed Media on Canvas, Animations, Projections © Gosia Koscielak
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Wroclaw, Poland
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland, 1981, MFA 1987
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1994, MFA 1994
Representing galleries
Tags
multimedia installation, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, photography, digital
Statement

Artist Statement: Gosia Koscielak

Keywords:

  • ECO-Social,
  • ECO-digital,
  • Post-organic,
  • Digital Organic

The idea of eco - social sculpture integrates my concepts of spatial stimulations and sculpture taken to infinity with broader aspects of scientific and artistic activity. It represents a new concept of an eco - digital environment and a new relationship between viewer and nature - a new digital organic / post-organic. Eco - social sculptures connect natural and social sciences with art and aesthetics. Eco - social sculptures are philosophical-artistic-socio-cultural-scientific actions.

My work proposes a free flow between the digital and the organic. I use many different traditional and digital media - including virtual reality, video projections, laser drawing projections, and digital photography - as vehicles to express infinity in sculpture/space and to make visable the flow of energy in space. By placing digital media in the actual environment, I create a new experience of sculpture as an infinite energy form, of time and space integrating as a harmonious whole new habitat. I use the medium of light and the process of projection to create new connections, between actual landscape (the organic) and digital media.

Studies of the modernist Polish art theorists Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Unism) and Henryk Stazewski (Constructivism), along with the theories of Joseph Beuys and Paul K. Feyrabend, influenced my creation of the concept of virtual unism and eco-social sculptures since 1994.

In my eco-social sculptures I represent the constant flow of digital and organic elements in space into infinity; I reveal their constant fluid transformation, from digital to organic, and from organic to the digital reconstructing of micro and macro cosmos.

Creation lies in successive reduction aiming towards the unity of a system that in its most extreme form leads to the objective unity of world and art expanding to the 3D and the total unification of an art work with its environment: human - sculpture - space - infinity. Following Beuys's theory, eco-social sculptures are expanding the concept of art: art = man = creativity = science. Eco-social sculptures function in a much broader scope. Art is becoming a part of the research that can lead to the new developmental model integrating environmental, economic, socio-cultural and ethical sustainability. Eco-social sculptures that use digital media rejuvenate and stimulate the resources of natural organisms (ecosystems), the single organism (the human being), and the social organism (humanity). Eco-social sculptures are open for new scientific theories which can be integrated with new ideas, habits, and parts of culture, bringing positive aspects of nature that encourage us to remember nature's power of change and to reconsider the laws of Nature: "...when approached in different ways, nature gives differing answers..." as Paul K. Feyrabend stated.

Gosia Koscielak Bio

Malgorzata - Gosia Koscielak was born in Wroclaw, Poland; she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland (MFA'86, MFA'87, PhD'92) and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA'94). Koscielak is an artist, independent curator, and lecturer who has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries and museums in Poland, Italy, Germany, and the US. She has had group exhibitions in Greece, Holland, Germany, Poland and the US. Her works are in private and museum collections worldwide, including Calgary University, Chelm Museum, and the Center for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko and the Museum of Modern Art in Hunfeld, Germany. Koscielak's art is strongly connected with the traditions of Polish minimal art; Constructivism, Unism, and conceptual art, she draws from these sources and updates them. Her multimedia installations, paintings and digital graphics center on post-conceptual reflections on the complex relationships between human nature, history, biology, culture and technology.

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